After trial in front of Kenosha Circuit Court Judge Mary Kay Wagner (D), Matthew Braun was found guilty of knowingly violating a domestic abuse injunction. This conviction stemmed from an incident where police say Matthew Braun drove by his ex-wife’s place of employment, flipped her the “bird” and said “fu#* you!”. Braun tried to explain that it was a complete accident that he drove by her work, a place he testified he knew his ex was employed. Judge Wagner didn’t believe it. “I don’t believe his (Braun’s) story. I believe her(victim)… she is credible.”
A Kenosha police detective testified that he spoke to Braun shortly after the incident and Braun couldn’t say why he drove in front of a place he was ordered to avoid. He couldn’t say where he was coming from or where he was going. At trial, however, Braun gave explicit testimony of exactly where he was and where he was going under oath.The prosecutor pounced on Braun saying “the defendant magically remembers, two years later.”
Past Violence Allegations and Conviction
In 2018, Braun was charged with domestic battery and disorderly conduct from an incident where his ex-wife says he bit her on her face. According to the report, an intoxicated Braun caused bloody injuries to his wife’s face. He was combative with police and they were afraid he was about to use his 3-year-old as a human shield/hostage. They had to draw their tasers to get compliance according to the report. The DA gave Braun an overly-generous plea deal and he plead guilty to domestic abuse/disorderly conduct. Judge Wagner sentenced Braun to a fine of $100. The court issued the restraining order shortly after. When the victim spoke in court today, she expressed her frustration with this “minimal punishment.” She asked for a tougher sentence this time saying she needs to be protected. She told many graphic stories of domestic violence that spanned for years. She told the court that Braun said that he could kill her and cremate her at his funeral home and “no one would know.”
Not The First Time
Pleasant Prairie police asked Michael Graveley’s office to charge Braun with knowingly violating a domestic abuse injunction on 11/18/2018 and Kenosha Police asked the same on 12/14/2019. Both times, Michael Graveley’s office declined to issue charges. This made the victim incredibly upset and today she breathed a sigh of relief that he has finally been convicted of violating the restraining order.
Judge Mary Kay Wanger issued a 9-month probation period to Braun. She also levied some stern warnings to Braun about future behavior. Conditions of probation are that he have no contact with his ex-wife. When it was Braun’s turn to speak, he told the court “I apologize” and “I still love her.” Braun was facing a several month jail sentence.